Wednesday, September 2, 2020

An Altered Birdhouse With Tim Holtz

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Hello and welcome! Today we start a new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog. Our hostess for the current Birds challenge is the amazingly talented Suzz, and here is what she says about it:

"For this Challenge I want you to be inspired by our flying friends.  You can take the challenge literally and have images or die cuts of birds on your art, you can be inspired by the words describing birds or even showcase their homes.  Make sure to share with us how you were inspired by the birds."

As always, the winner will earn a chance to be a Guest Designer at a future date at The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge blog, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. There are also Top 3 Badges for three additional outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team. Please see the blog for details.

I do love birds, and this time of the year, my mind turns to spooky little bird houses. We've seen so many crows around here all summer long; quite out of the ordinary for these parts. Although I really don't care much for crows, they are one of God's amazing creations, and they were what inspired me to create this grungy altered bird house.

Before we take a look at the details, here are before and after demo shots of this fixer upper bird house I picked up at a sale a long time ago with intentions to alter it. I was just getting ready to throw it in the trash, when I saw Suzz's challenge theme.

**Today, I will show off the little creepy bird house, and I will take you through my process next Wednesday. So if you are interested  in seeing how it came together, stop back here next week.**

Let's take a closer look at it after it's finished...

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The tin roof is rusted and mossy but apparently without leaks. Good bones.

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I envisioned my sinister crow inhabiting the charred long neglected remains of this old bird house. Speaking of bones...are those the remnants of his mate, or has he been bringing home someone else's remains to fill his empty nest?

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His feathers, so black and shiny, are dull in comparison to his dark, glassy ever-knowing eyes. 

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Dead and diseased thorny rose vines twine around the rusted gates hanging in disrepair.

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The house number seems so appropriate for such a foreboding abode.

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The mildewed brick walk leading to the creaking, rusty iron gates are slick with moss.

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Rotting pumpkins stacked up at the garden's edge are ready for a chilly fall meal for our feathered friend.

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Or maybe he has his sights set on that juicy spider dangling from the eaves.

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Around back you can see just how beautiful that spider's web is, and if you look closely you'll spot another spider--this one fuzzy, making his way up to the eaves.

I hope you were inspired by my viewpoint on our feathered friends. Be sure to pop over to the blog and see the gorgeous projects my teammates made to inspire you to start thinking about Birds. Then it's over to you! I  hope you'll get your craft on and play along for a chance to win one of the wonderful prizes! I can't wait to see what you'll make! Happy making! Sara Emily

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  1. Now who looks at that little birdhouse and sees this masterpiece lurking in the frame? Sara Emily of course.. :) Fantasticly creepy with so much wonderful texture and detail! Love everything about it!

  2. Sara Emily, your projects makes me sort of grimace and shiver all at once, but only because your details are so wonderful that it seems very creepy (and I don't like spiders, lol).

  3. Wow, Sara, that's absolutly fantastique, an awesome idea in nature style, totally my thing :-) many thanks for this great inspiration!!

  4. What a creative mind you have, Sara Emily! Awesome project!

  5. Oh my goodness Sara Emily this is truly jaw dropping - from where you started with the almost discarded birdhouse to a Halloween triumph is incredible. I love how the stripped back walls reveal the rusted gates and blackened stems, supporting that fabulous rusty roof in the style of a long abandoned bandstand. The inclusion of the spiders web, the skull and bones in the nest and rotting pumpkins is pure creative genius on your part and make the crow look completely at home. A complete work of art xx

  6. A brilliant Halloween make Sara, the crow's eye is wonderfully spooky and I really do hope those bones are not his mate! Anne xx

  7. Such a spook-tacular make! Loving the amazing worn and spooky look that you created, the raven is wonderful 😁. Thanks for the inspiration! Happy and creative wishes! Hugs, Jo x


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